South Africa has a low number of male teachers in the foundation phase. Why this must change.
For women with a bachelor of arts degree, teaching is one of the highest paying jobs. The opposite is true for men.
It has been predicted we will need 1,627 more classes for primary students nationally before 2025, and to respond to this demand we need to fix the gender imbalance in the teacher workforce.
Despite the need for both male and female teachers, male primary school teachers could be extinct by 2067.
The continuing decline in the numbers of male primary school teachers suggests more attention needs to be placed on retaining those already in the profession.
Like so many other countries, the UK is experiencing a shortage of primary school teachers - especially one's of the male variety.
We have scholarships specifically targeted at women to redress the gender imbalance in STEM subjects. So why can't we do the same for men in primary education?